Friday 411

Scotland County Schools

March 18, 2016

Please take the opportunity to check out the following information. Keep in mind that this is one of the many efforts to keep you 'in the loop' and informed about what's going on in YOUR school district.

Pre-K Registration - Help us spread the word!

Prerequisites? **Be four years old by August 31st, 2016

**meet program requirements

What to bring? Parents should bring a copy of the child’s:

**certified birth certificate

**social security card

**current immunization record

**current health assessment

**current dental screening

**proof of residence

**proof of income

When? March 14th - April 29th

Where? The elementary school in your attendance areas:

Covington, I. Ellis Johnson, Laurel Hill, North Laurinburg, South Scotland, Sycamore Lane and Wagram

Contact the elementary school in your attendance zone for more information

'Home Grown' - Chris English, Class of '89

Did you know how many Scotland County Schools alums are here in Scotland County doing great things and giving back to the community? With 2017 being the 50th graduating class at Scotland High School, we thought it would be interesting to highlight our alums (starting here in Scotland County) and have them reflect on their days as a Scotland County Schools student. We hope you enjoy getting to know some of our alums and community leaders better. And keep in mind, these alums have all said they are willing to be a guest speaker in our classes and schools, serve as a mentor or a career advisor, or help give back in any way possible. They want to get involved.

Meet Chris English. Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Scotland High School Alum - Class of 1989.

What Scotland County Schools did you attend (elementary, middle, high)? What year did you graduate?

Laurel Hill (K-2), North Laurinburg (3-4), Shaw Middle, Scotland High. I graduated in 1989.

In high school, did you participate in sports or any extra-curricular activities or clubs? If so, what?

Football, Wrestling, Track. First United Methodist Explorer Post 447

What did you do after high school? Where did you go to college? What did you major in?

Attended Mars Hill College, Majored in Studio Art. Graduated in 1993

What are some of your most memorable moments from school (elementary, middle, and/or high)?

Too many to list really but I can remember my first Varsity Football game (@ Whiteville 1987). It’s a long story, but i actually got us a 1st Down as a Center during my first varsity football game. My last Varsity football game stands out equally (Richmond 25 - Scotland 20, 1988). We played our hearts out that game. My teammates are brothers and it’s a bond that lasts forever.

Who were some of your favorite teachers and why?

I had many influential teachers in my life. The late Coach John Blount once told me "Once a quitter, always a quitter". These words stay with me constantly. My art teacher Ingrid Royer taught me there is nothing wrong with being a free spirit sometimes. My favorite would be Mrs. Pat Trulove. She was a super sweet lady that taught me to believe in myself because I never doubted that she believed in me.

Why did you choose to come back to Scotland County to live or why did you stay?

It's home. It's family. It's in my blood. Scotland County is what has made me who I am and the cool thing is that it’s not done with me. The influences around me today are still molding me. Scotland Forever!

Any words of advice?

Teachers: All it takes is one Mrs. Trulove, one Coach Blount, or one Mrs. Royer to shape many minds. Some days it may not seem rewarding, but you are making a difference. Thank you!

Students: Enjoy these years! They don't last as long as you think. Learn all that you can and you can work harder to better yourself (athletically and academically). Most importantly, surround yourself with positive influences.

WPDE/Channel 14 - 'On the Road in Scotland County'

Each Wednesday at noon, for thirteen weeks, WPDE/Channel 15 will be airing a feature show about Scotland County. In each of the shows, one of the segments will shine the spotlight on Scotland County Schools. The link to the shows that aired on March 9 and 16 are below and spotlights our Spring Hill Middle School and The Bagpiper restaurant. Check it out!